Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
ROME

Calderoli 'orangutan' case not over, says premier's office

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Rome, July 16 - Premier Enrico Letta's office on
Tuesday rebutted Northern League leader and Lombardy Governor
Roberto Maroni's assertion that a row over a party bigwig
likening Italy's first black minister to an orangutan is
finished.
On Monday Letta called on Maroni to intervene over comments
Deputy Senate Speaker Roberto Calderoli, a League member,
directed at Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge at the weekend.
Letta said it was not in anyone's interest to draw out what
he described as a "shameful" episode.
Maroni said Tuesday that the case had blown over after he
refused to ask Calderoli to quit.
"It has not blown over at all," said the source. "The
slip-up was just that of a leader who cannot get Calderoli to
quit as Deputy Senate Speaker.
"Unfortunately, he is not in a position that can be put to
a no-confidence vote. But by acting in this way, Maroni is an
accomplice to the insult to Minister Kyenge".
Calderoli addressed the Senate on Tuesday and again
apologised for his "offensive" remarks, saying he would send
Kyenge flowers.
But he did not give the resignation that Letta and Kyenge's
Democratic Party (PD) had called for.
He said he would have resigned if the majority of the
parties in parliament had asked him to.

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